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The Yellow Wall-Paper
it was amazing
This has got to be one of the most impressive short stories ever written, up there with the very best. Written in the late 1800's, it is surprisingly ...more
not set
Jun 03, 2008
A Burnt-Out Case
it was amazing
Why am I in love with Graham Greene the novels of Graham Greene? So many reasons... His deep intelligence and respect for the reader's intelligence. H ...more
Jan 17, 2010
Dec 31, 2009
The Troubled Man (Kurt Wallander, #10)
really liked it
Reading this, Henning Mankell's latest and final in the Kurt Wallander series, was like finding myself in a well-known and beloved landscape: Kurt Wal ...more
Jul 31, 2011
Jul 28, 2011
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World
it was ok
Okay, not really fair to post a review, since I'm just more than halfway through (it has to go back to the library now). But: I've read enough to know ...more
Jun 16, 2008
Jun 10, 2008
Journey by Moonlight
really liked it
This is the sort of book I love...one that you come across somewhere (in this case, a castle library in Italy) and feel sure that it was hiding there ...more
Jul 20, 2008
Jul 19, 2008
Daphne Du Maurier
really liked it
I picked up this biography a few years ago from the discard shelf of my local library. How sad! Published in 1993, it seems it should still be relevan ...more
Sep 18, 2012
Aug 28, 2012
it was amazing
Somehow along the way growing up, I missed out on reading Rebecca. Now so many years older than when I read Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Tess of the ...more
Feb 26, 2013
Feb 23, 2013
it was ok
When I was a kid, losing myself in stories and in novels, I sometimes wondered why we never read about characters going to the bathroom. Or the outhou ...more
May 22, 2009
May 27, 2008
Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage
really liked it
And to think I could have taken a course with Stephanie Coontz back in the day when I was a student at The Evergreen State College... Alas, I was not ...more
Aug 07, 2011
Jul 14, 2011
The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith
really liked it
Though initially (for at least the first half), Schenkar's tone grated on me, I did ultimately come to admire her work. She seemed kinder (less presum ...more
Nov 30, 2010
Dec 22, 2009
Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector
it was amazing
Penelope Fitzgerald wrote to her American editor in 1987: "On the whole, I think you should write biographies of those you admire and respect, and nov ...more
Jan 16, 2011
Aug 23, 2009
Toddler-Hunting  Other Stories
it was amazing
One of the best short story collections I've read in recent years. It's a shame that Taeko Kono isn't better known and though she appears to have auth ...more
Nov 29, 2011
Aug 16, 2010
The Parasites
really liked it
I was not prepared for how fascinating and beautiful this novel is. Yes, Sketchbook and Maureen of Goodreads had recommended it, but I suppose I had D ...more
Dec 15, 2012
Nov 14, 2012
James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon
it was amazing
My first acquaintanceship with James Tiptree was some years ago when I heard that the James Tiptree Award was being given to Kelly Link, a writer I ad ...more
May 26, 2011
Feb 06, 2008
The Driver's Seat
really liked it
In this novel (novella, really, or very long short story) published in 1970, Spark turns traditional gender relations on their head. As the buoyant, f ...more
May 16, 2011
Nov 24, 2008
The Lonely Doll
it was amazing
how many of you were sucked into Dare Wright's world as a child? What a world! Black and white photographs of a doll stepping into an old abandoned ho ...more
not set
Feb 18, 2008
A Far Cry from Kensington
really liked it
An absolutely delightful read. What I love about Spark is that each of her novels is entirely different from the next...yet one can always count on a ...more
Aug 09, 2011
Aug 03, 2011
The End of the Affair
really liked it
"The sense of unhappiness is so much easier to convey than that of happiness. In misery we seem aware of our own existence, even though it may be in t ...more
Jan 02, 2010
Dec 28, 2009
The Honorary Consul
really liked it
One of his later novels (1973), it was better than I thought it would be. The same themes: love, betrayal, justice, and faith, with a newer one: machi ...more
Feb 15, 2010
Feb 12, 2010
La Bâtarde
it was amazing
For a long time this was my favorite book. When a friend heard that, she gave me a copy she'd found in a 2nd hand shop, and then a year later, forgett ...more
not set
Jun 10, 2008
really liked it
An unconventional novel in the tradition of realism, and I'll take David Szalay over Jonathan Franzen any day. The subjects are romantic love, money, ...more
May 11, 2012
May 10, 2012
In a Strange Room
it was amazing
There are certain writers one discovers, whose works one reads, consumes, as if they were writing directly to you, for you. Damon Galgut is such an au ...more
Jun 26, 2011
Sep 07, 2010
Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds
really liked it
I don't believe I need to read any more books about Emily Dickinson. With this and White Heat, I'm satiated. Time to go back to the poems...

Lyndall Go
Aug 16, 2011
Aug 09, 2011
really liked it
I have a weakness for Japanese crime novels--Matsumoto, Miyabe, Higashino--and this one, by Shuichi Yoshida, is among the best. What's wonderful is ho ...more
Dec 29, 2012
Dec 28, 2012
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
it was amazing
I am grateful to my local librarian who keeps stocking the new fiction and nonfiction shelves with exactly the books I've been wanting to read...

Apr 26, 2011
Jan 04, 2010
The Blunderer
really liked it
Here is Highsmith with one of her very best. Walter Stackhouse is a sympathetic protagonist as is his girlfriend Elli. You like him, root for him, eve ...more
Oct 14, 2011
Oct 12, 2011
Wish I Was Here
it was amazing
Did you ever start reading a book and just a few sentences in feel like you have to stop, look away, take a breath because it's so damn good? That's w ...more
May 2009
May 23, 2009
The House on the Strand
liked it
Du Maurier's time-travel novel did not cast the same spell on me that her short stories or Rebecca did, but it's a captivating tale nonetheless. And w ...more
Mar 14, 2013
Mar 02, 2013
Act of Passion (New York Review Books Classics)
really liked it
The most disturbing of the romans durs I've read (I've read 6 or so) and not my favorite because of the way it disturbs but utterly impressive all the ...more
Jul 13, 2013
Jul 09, 2013
The Girl With No Name: The Incredible True Story of a Child Raised by Monkeys
really liked it
The sort of story that once started, I have to finish in nearly one sitting. A fascinating account of a woman whose childhood was spent in part among ...more
not set
May 22, 2013
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